The Conquest of Space

Evolution of Panel Arrangements and Page Layouts in Early Comics Published in Belgium (1880–1929)

in Volume 2 (2009): Issue 2 (Jun 2009)
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This article focuses on panel arrangements and page layouts of early comics published in Belgium in the five decades before the start of Tintin in 1929. It investigates the degree of standardisation in this pivotal period, in which the old system of graphic narratives with captions evolved to comics with balloons. The years between 1880 and 1929 boasted a variety of publication formats (broadsheets, illustrated magazines for adults and for children, comic strips, artists' books), within which one can see both similar and different conventions at work.

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